Our agency told us that we might not have an in-country itinerary until we hit China, but they sent it to us today so that was fun. I will post it here in case anyone wants to know what the plan is!
September 11, 2009 Arrive in Shanghai via UA835 @ 1:55 p.m. Stay at Park Hotel. Hotel shuttle airport pickup.
September 12, 2009 Visit Old Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden, Xin Tian Di, Shanghai Museum.
September 13, 2009 Visit Pudong Riverview Blvd., the Oriental Pearl Tower, and Huangpu River Cruise.
September 14, 2009 D416 (10:25-12:33) to Nanjing by train. Stay at Mandarin Garden Hotel.
September 15, 2009 Receive your child in the morning. Adoption registration and notarization in the afternoon.
September 16, 2009 Free.
September 17, 2009 Visit Xuan Wu Lake Park.
September 18, 2009 Receive all the documents. Flight HU7114 (15:30-17:30) to Guangzhou. White Swan Hotel airport pickup.
September 19, 2009 Medical exam for your child in the morning.
September 20, 2009 Free
September 21, 2009 Go back to the clinic to check skin test result.
September 22, 2009 Visa appointment.
September 23, 2009 3:00 p.m. Go to the consulate to take the oath and pick up visa.
September 24, 2009 Flight MU5316 @ 8:05 a.m. to Shanghai Pudong Airport. Connecting flight UA836 @ 3:55 p.m. to U.S.A.
For all you techies out there - HERE is a fun website - all you have to do is put our flight number into the website and it will show you where we are flying at that moment - sorry, can't help you when we're on the ground, but thought I'd keep you busy while we're in the air at least!
So there ya go - where PART of the Bilby's will be for the next two weeks. We have wonderful friends staying with our kids for the first week and then Becky's mom will come the last week - we are grateful for the way people have just showered us with offerings of meals and help while we will be gone. We feel "loved on"! It isn't easy leaving our four and heading out - Chloe has started "x"ing off days on her calendar and turned to me this morning as she was counting how many days we will be gone with tears in her eyes. This momma doesn't do well with that - I will be crying right along with her! But we know what God has called us to and we will go and do it, and return home with one more Bilby! God has been there before us and has it all covered - we are SO grateful!